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Multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plan public review begins, public participation sought

01/28/2021

Multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plan public review begins, public participation sought

A multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plan is being updated by Larimer County and its 27 jurisdictional partners.

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01/21/2021

FEMA Major Disaster Declaration approved, some recovery programs to begin

Larimer County has been partially approved for a Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] Major Disaster Declaration and program funding due to the Cameron Peak Fire.

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12/2/2020

Donation center accepting donations for residents affected by 2020 fires

A Donation Center for residents impacted by the recent 2020 Larimer County wildfires is accepting donations to help those with property damage or loss from the fires.

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Recovery resources for those impacted with property damage or loss due to the Cameron Peak and East Troublesome wildfires of 2020.

 

 

For evacuation shelter information, please call the Red Cross at 1-800-417-0495 #0

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We expect the Cameron Peak Fire to continue burning for several more weeks.

If you evacuated your home and are in need of sheltering help, please call 1-800-RED-CROSS. Your situation will then be evaluated to determine the best course of action to address your current needs.

 

Returning Home & Recovering after a Wildfire
  • Use caution when entering burned areas as hazards may still exist, including hot spots, which can flare up without warning.
  • Avoid damaged or fallen power lines, poles and downed wires.
  • Watch for ash pits and mark them for safety—warn family and neighbors to keep clear of the pits also.
  • Watch animals closely and keep them under your direct control. Hidden embers and hot spots could burn your pets’ paws or hooves.
  • Follow public health guidance on safe cleanup of fire ash and safe use of masks.
  • Wet debris down to minimize breathing dust particles.
  • Wear leather gloves and heavy soled shoes to protect hands and feet.
  • If there is no power, check to make sure the main breaker is on. Fires may cause breakers to trip. If the breakers are on and power is still not present, contact the utility company.
  • Inspect the roof immediately and extinguish any sparks or embers. Wildfires may have left burning embers that could reignite
  • Recheck for smoke and sparks throughout the home, including the attic. The winds of wildfires can blow burning embers anywhere. Keep checking your home for embers that could cause fires.
  • Cleaning products, paint, batteries and damaged fuel containers need to be disposed of properly to avoid risk.

It is ok to be anxious and scared right now due to the current threat of wildfire. Those feelings are normal and you are not alone. If you need someone to talk to, please reach out!

  • Summitstone Connections hotline: 970-221-5551
  • Colorado Help Line: 303-928-8534
  • Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990
  • Text talkwithus to 66746 to reach the Disaster Distress Helpline

Who is most at risk for emotional distress following a wildfire?

  • Children and teens. After a wildfire, young people may worry that another one will happen again, especially if they witnessed the fire and the loss of their home. Some children may become withdrawn, while others may become agitated and irritable and display outbursts of anger.
     
  • Older adults. Older adults are more likely to need social support to reduce the effects of stress and move forward on the path of recovery. They also may have limited physical mobility and lack independence.
     
  • First responders and recovery workers. These individuals may experience prolonged separation from loved ones (depending on the severity of the wildfire) and show signs of mental fatigue.

Online resources:

Ensure your food and water are safe
  • Discard any food that has been exposed to heat, smoke or soot.
  • Do NOT ever use water that you think may be contaminated to wash dishes, brush teeth, prepare food, wash hands, make ice or make baby formula.

Online Resources:

Food Safety

Power outage:

Water Safety

Animals

Safe Handling of Ash & Debris

 

12.30. 20 | Roll-off Dumpsters now accessible!

The Larimer County Long Term Recovery Group is hosting several complimentary debris dumpsters for properties impacted by the fires, now through the end of January 2021. Free dumpster service will resume later in the spring once the weather improves.

As all debris coming out of the Cameron Peak Fire area is considered contaminated by asbestos and is more costly to dump at the Larimer County Landfill, this free service will hopefully benefit fire survivors during this difficult time. We are also offering three free metal recycling locations during this time too.

The dumpsters are located across western Larimer County at the following neighborhoods/central locations:

  • 44H (metal recycling and debris) | Geo location: 40.57097, -105.34753 

44H

  • Drake (metal recycling and debris) | Geo location: 40.43214652804507, -105.34119720489606 

Drake

  • Kyle Gulch (debris only) | Geo location: 40.65445, -105.5267 

Kyle Gulch

  • Manhattan (debris only) | Geo location: 40.73552, -105.58107  

Manhattan

  • Spencer Heights (debris only) | Geo location: 40.67456, -105.78477   

Spencer Heights

 

All debris collected from properties will be properly contained within the dumpsters by our vendors for landfill placement.
Please be a good neighbor and only take fire impacted debris to the free dumpsters. Thank you for your consideration!

Thank you to our vendors, Colorado Iron and Metal and Gallegos Sanitation.
Thank you to the United Way of Larimer County for supporting the free dumpsters through their Larimer Fire Recovery Fund.

Questions? Please contact Kohl Parrott, Emergency Management Coordinator, Larimer County Office of Emergency Management
Work: 970-498-7146
Cell: 970-481-3493
parrotck@co.larimer.co.us

 

11.6 Update from the Office of Emergency Management:

Larimer County is working with our non-profit and volunteer partners on property clean-up options within the fire area.

 Volunteer help:

  • We do have a few volunteer agencies that can help with property clean-up.
  • They can work on the property, but they are unable to haul away the materials.

Roll-off Dumpsters:

  • We are working to find financial assistance to provide roll-off dumpsters and to aid with landfill fees.
  • Details are still to be determined. More information will be provided in the future.

Community Clean-Up Days:

  • Some communities are organizing community clean-up days. This is a great idea and allows communities to work together and get a lot done in a short amount of time.
  • Community clean-up days also allow our volunteer agencies to coordinate their efforts as well.
  • If any of you have something like this planned, please let us know so that we can see what support can be provided in those areas and get it on the website.

Scrap Metal:

  • A community near CR44H is working with a scrap metal company that plans to place a scrap metal bin on CR 44H near Moody Hill.
  • This arrangement will allow community members to drop off metal items to the bin at no cost.
  • Details are still being worked out, but once it is available we will let you know.
     

Disposal Forms & Landfill Information

The Larimer County Landfill will only accept fire debris from November 16, 2020, through June 30, 2021.  ALL FIRE DEBRIS MUST BE HANDLED AS IF IT CONTAINS FRIABLE ASBESTOS.

Inspecting Your Home

  • Inspect the roof immediately and extinguish any sparks or embers. Wildfires may have left burning embers that could reignite.
  • For several hours afterward, recheck for smoke and sparks throughout the home, including the attic. The winds of wildfires can blow burning embers anywhere. Keep checking your home for embers that could cause fires.
  • Take precautions while cleaning your property. You may be exposed to potential health risks from hazardous materials.
  • Debris should be wetted down to minimize health impacts from breathing dust particles.
  • Use a two-strap dust particulate mask with nose clip and coveralls for the best minimal protection.
  • Wear leather gloves to protect hands from sharp objects while removing debris. 
  • Wear rubber gloves when working with outhouse remnants, plumbing fixtures, and sewer piping. They can contain high levels of bacteria.
  • Hazardous materials such as kitchen and bathroom cleaning products, paint, batteries, contaminated fuel, and damaged fuel containers need to be properly handled to avoid risk. Check with local authorities for hazardous disposal assistance.
  • If you have a propane tank system, contact a propane supplier. Turn off valves on the system, and leave valves closed until the supplier inspects your system.
  • If you have a heating oil tank system, contact a heating oil supplier for an inspection of your system before using.
  • Visually check the stability of the trees. Any tree that has been weakened by fire may be a hazard.
  • Look for burns on the tree trunk. If the bark on the trunk has been burned off or scorched by very high temperatures completely around the circumference, the tree will not survive and should be considered unstable.
  • Look for burnt roots by probing the ground with a rod around the base of the tree and several feet away from the base. If the roots have been burned, you should consider this tree very unstable.
  • A scorched tree is one that has lost part or all of its leaves or needles. Healthy deciduous trees are resilient and may produce new branches and leaves as well as sprouts at the base of the tree. Evergreen trees may survive when partially scorched but are at risk for bark beetle attacks
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Larimer County is beginning suppression repair work, and we need the landowner's permission IMMEDIATELY to complete this work. Permission must be granted by the end of the day Wednesday, 11/11/2020.

More information on Suppression Repair Work:

  • During the Cameron Peak Fire firefighters went onto many private properties and engaged in suppression work to stop the fire's progress. Typically, this involved digging lines via hand and sometimes heavy machinery.
  • Now that the fire danger has subsided, the County needs permission to go back on private property to repair the suppression work done earlier. 
  • If private property owners would like dozer and hand line repairs done on their property, they need to sign an agreement for that work. The agreement must be received by the end of the day Wednesday, 11/11/2020. 
  • Teams will have seven days to complete suppression repair work.
  • Here is the list of properties that received suppression work and are eligible for suppression repair. 
  • Permission to conduction suppression repair work can be granted electronically. 
  • If you do not want work done on your property, we ask that you still complete the form. Please select "no" to the questions asking consent to have suppression repairs done on your property.
  • If you would like a hard copy of the agreement, please email oem@larimer.org.

Please note: Suppression repair work is not the same as rehabilitation of the land. Land rehabilitation work will come later in the process where funding and programs are available and with landowners' permission.

Property Listing Where Suppression Efforts Require Authorization For Repair

A donations management center is now open for our residents impacted by wildfire in 2020.  Open through the end of the year (12/28/2020).

Location:

Outlet Mall of Loveland
Building address: #5657
5561 McWhinney Blvd
Loveland, CO 80538
 

Hours: Daily, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, CLOSED ON TUESDAYS
(closed December 24th & December 25th for the Christmas holiday)

Phone: 970-413-3109

 

Drop-off information:

The donations center is accepting physical donations until Dec. 10th.

Furniture is not being accepted at this time.

Donation Drop-off Hours: Daily, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
 

Cash donations are always preferred so that we can meet the specific needs of affected people. Cash donations can be sent to the United Way Larimer Fire Fund at uwaylc.org.

Donation drop-off information:

The donations management center is accepting physical donations until Dec. 10th.

Furniture is not being accepted at this time.

Location:
Outlet Mall of Loveland
Building address: #5657
5561 McWhinney Blvd
Loveland, CO 80538

Donation Drop-off Hours: Daily, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, CLOSED TUESDAYS
(Closed December 24 & December 25 for the Christmas Holiday)

 

Cash donations are always preferred so that we can meet the specific needs of the affected people. Cash donations can be sent to the United Way Larimer Fire Fund at uwaylc.org.

Other Ways to Donate:

  • The Ranch is taking donations of grass hay and no other supplies at this time. Please call Maggie Steely at 970-619-4009 to first to donate hay.
     
  • Please consider donating to the American Red Cross of Northern Colorado.  The Red Cross is spending thousands of dollars daily to shelter residents of Larimer County safely.
     
  • Larimer County Humane Society has sheltered hundreds of companion and small animals throughout the course of the Cameron Peak Fire and continues to do so today.  Please consider donating to them at https://register.larimerhumane.org/give/234539/#!/donation/checkout
     
  • Disaster response would be impossible without the help of our local Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD). By donating to any of these organizations, you contribute to disaster response and recovery in northern Colorado. 
     
  • Important note: Please only take donations to the donation center. Other responding agencies, like fire districts, are not accepting physical donations right now.  This includes food, clothing and other items.  Our first responders have specific dietary needs while working on the front line and food donations cannot be used. We ask that residents do not support drives for any physical items at this time.  We appreciate the good intentions, but unsolicited donations create additional logistical support, which is not readily available.

Volunteers: 

  • Sign up for future Cameron Peak Fire recovery volunteer projects at www.nocovolunteers.org. Opportunities will be posted once projects are created. 
     
  • To volunteer to care for large animals evacuated to The Ranch, please call Carol Waller at 970-619-4019. All volunteers must be over 18. 

 

 

Library Resources

The Larimer County Libraries (Estes, Red Feather, Ft. Collins, Berthoud and Loveland) are ready and willing to provide access to technology, books, DVDs, craft kits as well as their buildings to support those displaced by the fires. They are able to take resources to evacuees sheltering in hotels.  The library buildings are open and residents impacted by the fire are welcome to come in to use the computers, check out materials, take activity kits or just hang out with their kids. 

Online Recovery & Insurance Orientation Webinar

  • Topic:  First steps after a wildfire and information and guidance on navigating the insurance claim process
     
  • Who should attend?  Property owners and renters whose homes were damaged or destroyed in recent fires including Cameron Park, East Troublesome, and CalWood Fire.
     
  • When:  December 7, 2020 @ 5:30 PM (Mountain Time)
     
  • Registration Required:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Kz4TGPbLTYKuCSafQuNv3Q
     
  • Webinar Info Flyer

 

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